E-Scribe : a programmer’s blog

About Me

PBX I'm Paul Bissex. I build web applications using open source software, especially Django. Started my career doing graphic design for newspapers and magazines in the '90s. Then wrote tech commentary and reviews for Wired, Salon, Chicago Tribune, and others you never heard of. Then I built operations software at a photography school. Then I helped big media serve 40 million pages a day. Then I worked on a translation services API doing millions of dollars of business. Now I'm building the core platform of a global startup accelerator. Feel free to email me.


I co-wrote "Python Web Development with Django". It was the first book to cover the long-awaited Django 1.0. Published by Addison-Wesley and still in print!


Built using Django, served with gunicorn and nginx. The database is SQLite. Hosted on a FreeBSD VPS at Johncompanies.com. Comment-spam protection by Akismet.


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Stuff I Use

Bitbucket, Debian Linux, Django, Emacs, FreeBSD, Git, jQuery, LaunchBar, macOS, Markdown, Mercurial, Python, S3, SQLite, Sublime Text, xmonad

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21 posts containing "powerbook"

The syncbox
Sunday, June 13th, 2010
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OpenOffice.org, sorta-Aqua edition
Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
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Songbird almost-0.2
Monday, October 16th, 2006
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I hate those SitePal ads
Friday, September 8th, 2006
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Apple battery recall
Thursday, August 24th, 2006

Friday, June 16th, 2006

QuickTime 0, Open Source 1
Saturday, May 6th, 2006
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The Open Source Desktop, Revisited
Friday, May 5th, 2006
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Score one for Dell, sort of
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006
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Technology wanted: FFE
Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

MacBook Pro speed bumps
Tuesday, February 14th, 2006
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Songbird, open source competition for iTunes
Wednesday, February 8th, 2006
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Let's play a game: BASIC vs. Ruby vs. Python vs. PHP
Saturday, January 14th, 2006
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Best feature of the new MacBook Pro
Thursday, January 12th, 2006
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Palm TX: First Impressions
Thursday, December 29th, 2005
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PowerBook "Safe Sleep"
Saturday, November 12th, 2005

Gruber on the new Apple products
Thursday, October 13th, 2005

Mining Monday: FreeBSD, KDE and Me
Monday, September 26th, 2005

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005

Hard life for hardware
Monday, August 15th, 2005

AppleJack for OS X
Friday, July 29th, 2005